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Monastery Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist in Kosiv

The most famous and oldest among the churches of Kosiv is the wooden Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist, which was built in 1912. It has the status of an architectural monument of local significance. Previously, the site of this shrine was home to a monastery and the Church of St Nicholas. This ancient monastery was mentioned in a gift deed of Prince Svydryhailo back in 1424. The monastery existed here for several centuries until it was closed in 1744 as a result of the merger with the Kryloky Holy Dormition Monastery. In 1912, the old wooden St Nicholas Church was dismantled and the modern Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist was built on its site. It was built as a three-domed, single-tiered church with a cruciform layout, using natural wood and following all the canons of the Hutsul style of sacred architecture.

Монастирська церква Різдва Івана Хрестителя у Косові

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Brief overview

🗺 Location N48°19’02″ E25°05’06″
🛠 Built In 1912
🏛 Style Traditional Hutsul
🧔 Architect Ivan Gerasimyuk
🧔 Art painting Volodymyr Hudza
⛪ Status Working temple
🧭 Distance from the center of Kosiv Near
🚙 Road for Auto and on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent No
🏡 Housing nearby Kosiv
☕ Cafes and shops Kosiv
💳 Entrance fee Admission is free

Detailed overview of the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist (Kosiv)

The large size of this shrine and the fact that its roof was covered with tin from the very beginning indicate the wealth of the church community of that time. The master who built this architectural masterpiece was Ivan Herasymiuk from the village of Babyn. The walls were painted by Volodymyr Hudza. The interior of the church is decorated with panicles, kyotas, and crosses by famous Kosiv carvers (Ivan Balahurak, Ivan Pavlyk, Mykola Matiychak, Mykola Havrysh, Vasyl Baraniuk, and others).

The area adjacent to the church is lined with neat sidewalks and benches for resting.

Next to the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist is the oldest cemetery in Kosiv, where you can find tombstones and monuments from the nineteenth century. A memorial cross commemorating the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Ukraine-Rus’ is erected next to the church.

In Soviet times, the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist was one of the few centres of active church life. It was especially crowded on the patronal feast of 7 July. Thousands of believers came here from many surrounding villages and districts who could not attend their churches at their place of residence for fear of being fired from their jobs.

At different times, this church was visited by famous figures in the history of Ukraine. Among the most famous are Professor Ivan Ogienko (Metropolitan Hilarion) and Patriarch Mstyslav (Skrypnyk). On 28 April 1988, Father Vasyl Romaniuk, who later became Patriarch Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine, took monasticism in this church.

Today, the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist is a functioning Orthodox church where services are held regularly. Entrance to the church is free.

How to get to Kosiv Monastery Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist?

 Walking route

🔰 Start From the bus station
🚶 Walking distance 850 m
🕐 Approximate time 11 minutes
⬆ Rise Mostly without ups and downs

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